New Song Release: Tera Fitoor from Genius

I recently shared the teaser of the highly awaited Bollywood song Tera Fitoor from the forthcoming film Genius.

The song released on 11th July and has already crossed the 3 million views mark in just a few days! Tera Fitoor is a highly awaited song due to the winning combination of music director Himesh Reshammiya and singer Arijit Singh. Even though this duo have previously worked together, the news that they are coming together once again, truly gives their fans a lot of excitement as they know the end result will be worth waiting for.

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Artist Aloud: New releases from DJ Shaan, Jasbir Jassi, Vipul Kapoor and Strings

I am excited to bring my next review of new releases from the independent talent platform Artist Aloud. This weeks new releases feature the artists DJ Shaan, Jasbir Jassi, Vipul Kapoor and the popular band who have recently made a comeback, Strings. As always, read on for information about the artists and my review of each of their songs.

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Global Sound Group introduce their new Global Sound Directory!

London based music and sound company, Global Sound Group, have started their new Global Sound Directory site, with an aim to provide musicians with the largest network of music and sound professionals worldwide.

Global Sound Group specialise in music promotion, mixing and mastering, but often receive queries regarding other professional services. Although they are unable to provide all of these services, the company strive to help musicians to achieve their goals wherever possible, which is why the Global Sound Directory was started. Musicians can use this site to find and contact recording studios, booking agents, music photographers and many more locally or worldwide.

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ABRSM new piano syllabus 2019-2020 review

The new piano syllabus from ABRSM

Readers of my blog will be aware that I am a pianist and I have learnt up to Grade 7 with a Grade 6 in music theory. So when ABRSM contacted me to ask if I would like to review their new piano syllabus, I was more than happy to do so! My review is written from a students point of view. I will also be doing a brief comparison along the way, of my own ABRSM books, compared to the new syllabus and as I completed my Grade 7 in 2008, I am sure that a lot will have changed in the last 10 years.

For many piano students, learning to play the piano is often the first exposure of pure classical music. This can be quite daunting in itself, purely because classical music is not listened to on a regular basis. ABRSM always make the introduction to this genre of music, a relatively smooth one as with the support of piano lessons, the way classical music is structured becomes a lot clearer through each grade.

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Favourite Golden Oldie: Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty

This month’s favourite golden oldie is a song that is close to my heart, and it also features one of my favourite areas of London, Baker Street!

The song Baker Street is a highly underrated track by composer Gerry Rafferty. Baker Street talks about a relationship gone wrong and is set against the backdrop of a famous saxophone solo with some amazing electric guitar rifts. The song has been sung by the late Gerry Rafferty himself and its video is an almost true representation of life in London in the 1970’s.

Enjoy this month’s favourite golden oldie and let me know if you have previously heard this amazing song!

New Bollywood release: Genius

I am extremely excited to be sharing the teaser of the forthcoming Bollywood film Genius. Not only does its soundtrack have music by my favourite composer Himesh Reshammiya, but, it is also Himeshji’s first soundtrack of the year, as his last release as a music director was Sanam Teri Kasam which released in 2016.

Genius has been directed by Anil Sharma (Gadar Ek Prem Katha, Apne) and will mark the debut of his son Utkarsh Sharma. It really is a refreshing change to see that they have given the sole soundtrack to Himeshji, and have not stuck with the current trend of having nearly 5-6 composers on one sountrack. I find film directors who truly understand the importancd of having music in their films, are the ones who generally don’t follow the current trends

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Mini Musical Series: My top 5 favourite Bollywood songs from the 1980’s

It’s the month of June and that means that I am ready to share my next top 5 favourite songs from the 1980’s in part 3 of my mini music series. I have previously shared my top 5 favourite songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s and you can read about them here.

The 1980’s is a strange decade for me, as not only was I very young during the time, but I also did not have much access to Bollywood music, compared to how much I have now. Naturally, I was not fluent in Hindi back then either, so most of the songs that I have chosen, are ones that I have fallen in love with while growing up. At the time, the only access we had to Bollywood songs was listening to them on the radio, but this did help me choose song number 2 on my list, as it would often be playing every morning at 6am when the alarm clock went off!

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ABRSM releases new piano syllabus with a broader range of styles than before

ABRSM has just released their new Piano syllabus which will come into effect in January 2019.

The 2019 & 2020 syllabus lists cover a breadth of styles and an attractive, varied range of music, including pieces from the teaching canon, recent favourites, popular tunes as well as new commissions. Some highlights are Close every door (Andrew Lloyd Webber) in Grade 1, Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) in Grade 3 and Lullaby Lullaby (for Edna Trident Hornbryce), one of the new commissions, by Raymond Yiu in Grade 8. As in previous years, there has been a 100% refreshment of the repertoire lists. There’s a vast amount of piano repertoire available and ABRSM always aims to bring a balance of familiar and new pieces to the syllabus, whilst maintaining consistency in both quality and standards. Specially commissioned items feature on Grades 3, 4, 5 and 8 and there are other contemporary options at all grades.

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